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Bernalillo County: Youth Transitional Living Services

Deadline: March 21, 2018

Bernalillo County will provide support to provide programs serving unaccompanied homeless and precariously housed youth age 14 – 24 with identified behavioral health needs. Services should be comprehensive in nature and may include independent living services, housing search and placement, vocational training, employment assistance, educational advancement, mental health and substance abuse treatment, financial empowerment, life skills, identity formation, and service coordination. The goal of this RFP is not to directly fund housing supports, but rather to enhance an assortment of services, which when provided with supportive housing, can help lead to self-sufficiency and stable, permanent housing.

Bernalillo County has also been made aware of a juvenile justice involved population in dire need of transitional housing. At times, youth are being held at the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center (YSC) even while eligible for release due to the lack of safe, stable housing. Although the goal of this RFP is not to directly fund housing supports, Bernalillo County intends to address this need.

The provision of these services should demonstrate tangible results addressing and mitigating underlying trauma, and long term effects associated with youth homelessness. Furthermore, services should ultimately assist in transitioning homeless and precariously housed youth into stable housing and into self-sufficiency in adulthood.

While one particular suite of supportive services are prioritized over others, there are several key service characteristics that offerors will be asked to address:

  • Identification and elimination of gaps in behavioral health care
  • Behavioral health treatment
  • Diversity in supportive services
  • Integration of existing social services entitlement programs for comprehensive wraparound service delivery
  • Measuring youth activities and outcomes
  • Well-defined outreach strategy that leverages existing referral sources
  • Supplementing and leveraging existing funding sources for behavioral health interventions
  • Ensuring safety of all youth
  • Providing residential services for juvenile justice involved youth

Amount: A total of up to $800,000 is available. The county is interested in funding one or more interventions for two-year contracts with the expectation that some of those programs will be scaled-up and/or funded for subsequent years.

Eligibility: An Offeror is defined as any person, corporation, or partnership who chooses to submit a proposal.

Link: https://www.bernco.gov/general-services/request-for-proposals.aspx

Note: A non-mandatory conference will be held on March 12, 2018 at 9 AM in the Purchasing Conference Room on the 10th Floor of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102.

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